Baked Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa, Apples, and Chicken Sausage


I’m an equal opportunity gourd lover!  I’ve been itching to make an acorn squash meal, and when I saw them at Costco when was there earlier this week, I pulled the trigger.  I honestly just made this up as I went along with ingredients that I had on hand.  I ended up adding the Craisins and avocado in at the end because I wanted more color for the pictures haha.  BUT…it tasted amazing, so I’m so glad I did!Blog Baked Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Apples Chicken Sausage-4eIngredients (feeds 4)

  • 3 Teaspoons Coconut Oil (half for the squash/half for the quinoa mixture)
  • 3 Teaspoons Organic Pure Maple Syrup (half for the squash/half for the quinoa mixture)
  • 2 Acorn Squash
  • 1 Cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 medium size sweet onion
  • 1 medium apple- I used HoneyCrisp because they’re on SALE at Costco for 1.27 per lb!!
  • 1/2 Teaspoon crushed garlic
  • Sea salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 Aidells Chicken and Apple Sausages
  • 1/4 Cup Craisins
  • 1 Small Avocado

Directions

For Squash

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Fill baking pan with about 1/2 inch of water
  • Cut Acorn Squash in half, and lightly coat each with 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup, and freshly ground sea salt/pepper
  • Place in oven for an hourBlog Baked Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Apples Chicken Sausage-1

For Quinoa Mixture

  • Place the uncooked quinoa, 2 1/2 cups of water, 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic, diced apple, and 1/2 diced onion and a few grinds of sea salt and pepper all in a rice cooker (I tend to use my rice cooker like a “fast” slow cooker-dump a bunch of stuff in and voila haha.)  Start it cooking, and dice up the Aidell’s sausages.  Towards the end of the quinoa cooking (about 20 minutes), dump the sausage in as well as the 1/4 cup craisins.Blog Baked Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Apples Chicken Sausage-10ceEnjoy!dit-elle-Lauren

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